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19 Jan 2018 description

Ukraine's top health official says eight people have died of complications from measles amid a recent outbreak in the country, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked last in terms of measles-vaccination coverage in Europe.

Acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun told lawmakers on January 19 that a child who had not been vaccinated against measles died the previous day.

19 Jan 2018 description

KYIV, 19 January 2018 – Concluding a two-day visit to Kyiv today, the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, George Tsereteli (MP, Georgia) reiterated the steadfast support of the Parliamentary Assembly for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, within its internationally-recognized borders, and renewed calls to reach a sustained ceasefire.

19 Jan 2018 description

On December 29th, 2017, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine On 2018 State Budget of Ukraine.

19 Jan 2018 description

A cursory analysis of the draft Law of Ukraine No 7000 On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2018 (the draft version as of November 30, 2017) suggests that next year, the situation with financing of governmental programs on supporting internally displaced persons and the areas affected by armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine won’t drastically change. On the contrary, slight decline in financing of certain public bodies dealing with these problems and certain budget programs can be observed in some cases. This decrease can be unnoticed in UAH.

19 Jan 2018 description

KRAKOW, 18 January 2018 - The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian on 17 January and Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov on 18 January. The Co- Chairs met jointly with the two Foreign Ministers on 18 January.

19 Jan 2018 description
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For more than three years, restrictions on freedom of movement and the transfer of goods imposed by the Government of Ukraine at checkpoints along the contact line have required civilians to expose themselves to security risks, long queues, and other physical challenges, further dividing a once-integrated community.

19 Jan 2018 description

MINSK, 19 January 2018 – The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, made the following statement to the press after the meeting of the TCG ‎and its Working Groups in Minsk on 18 January 2018:

18 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Address Torture, Restrictions on Free Expression

(Kyiv) – Ukrainian authorities backtracked on important human rights pledges during 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. Holding accountable people responsible for torture and enforced disappearances, and for attacks on journalists and anti-corruption and rights groups should be priority issues for the Ukrainian government and its international partners during 2018.

17 Jan 2018 description

Measles continues to spread in Ukraine, with new cases now being reported in all oblasts and Kyiv. These cases are the latest in an expanding outbreak that affected over 3 000 people and claimed the lives of 5 children and adults in 2017.

17 Jan 2018 description

This report is for the media and the general public.

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs compared to the previous week.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

The OM is currently operating with 22 permanent international staff members, including the Chief Observer (CO). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.

17 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • The total number of officially registered IDPs has decreased substantially in November (by over 109,000 people).

  • Even IDP pensioners permanently registered in the Government Controlled Areas (GCA) cannot receive pensions without IDP registration: Most departments of the Pension Fund of Ukraine (PFU) refuse to provide pensions to these IDPs without IDP registration.
    Therefore, these IDPs continue renewing their IDP registration solely to receive their pensions.

17 Jan 2018 description

CURRENT SITUATION

Housing, land and property issues are key protection concerns for conflict-affected people in Ukraine.1 For people living close to the contact line separating governmentcontrolled areas (GCA) and non-government controlled areas (NGCA) of Ukraine, expropriation and occupation of residential houses, commercial property and private agricultural land by military actors has been reported.

Military occupation of housing, including looting and damage, has been reported both in GCA and NGCA.

17 Jan 2018 description

Many people had to flee their homes in connection with the conflict in Ukraine. The ICRC, in cooperation with local Red Cross branches and local authorities, is carrying out assistance programmes to help such displaced people. In this way, it complements the aid provided by local authorities and other organizations wherever a need arises.

The ICRC regularly assesses the needs of the displaced people to adjust its response and focuses on the most vulnerable categories of the displaced people.

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17 Jan 2018 description

Ukraine has among the highest HIV rates in Europe, with an estimated 220,000 infected in a country of about 45 million

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Jan 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fighting in Ukraine that erupted in 2014 escalated the spread of HIV throughout the country as millions of infected people were uprooted by violence, a study published on Monday found.

16 Jan 2018 description

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has increased the spread of HIV throughout the country as people have been uprooted by the violence, a new study finds.

Areas such as Donetsk and Luhansk, two large cities in the east deeply affected by the violence that erupted in 2014, were the main exporters of the HIV virus to other parts of the country such as Kyiv and Odesa, the report published on January 15 in the U.S. journal PNAS found.

Ukraine has among the highest HIV rates in Europe, with an estimated 220,000 infected in a country of about 45 million.